RARA-AVIS: historical inaccuracies

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 15 Apr 2002

rene and stewart on historical inaccuracies:

> While we're on the topic I noticed Ellroy used the expression "cap" (as
> in to kill/shoot someone) in THE COOL SIX THOUSAND. I've only been aware
> of this expression in more recent times, definitely 1980's or later.

>Much as I enjoyed COLD 6K, Ellroy also had Bondurant (on my top 20) popping
>Nicorettes, which were not introduced until 1978 (and then only in Sweden).
>As a result, I wouldn't be surprised if 'cap' is anachronistic.
>Ironically, Ellroy, speaking in Toronto on his tour of C6K, said he hired
>historical researchers to write up backstories on the events presented in
>book, which he used as source material. Too bad his editor didn't hire
>some fact checkers too.


seems like at least the easy stuff should get flagged. on the other hand, the late gary jennings had a humorous comeback in response to inaccuracies in his _aztec_ novel: "shit, i was writing a novel, not a p.h.d. thesis."


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